Barbara Moody has spent most of her life in artistic pursuits, with an Art Education degree from the University of Delaware and a minor in Photography. She taught eight years in Delaware before moving with her husband Chip, to Lynchburg, Virginia, where they raised two children. Barb taught Art at schools in Campbell County and Lynchburg City, and Photography in summer programs at Central Virginia Community College. In 1993, she helped start an innovative Arts program at a new magnet school in Lynchburg. For eighteen years she taught Visual and Performing Arts in her dream job, including many different arts disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, puppetry, dance, theatre, television production, photography, and more. In 1995 she was named Virginia Region V Teacher of the Year, and the following year, the Southwest Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year. During that time she also worked as a Master Teacher for Blue Ridge Public Television.
Always the teacher, Barb rarely had time for her own art, but over the years her interests have been in painting, fused and stained glass work, jewelry-making, and photography. After retirement she has finally been able to focus more on her art. Barb and Chip found a place at Smith Mountain Lake with its endless water views and beautiful mountain vistas. “First with camera, and then with brushes and paint, I have found my inspiring happy place.” She has joined a talented group of working artists at Art Visions Gallery in the Westlake area of Smith Mountain Lake. Over the years she has exhibited works at the Fine Arts Center in Lynchburg, the Virginia Art Educators Exhibit, Art Visions Gallery in Westlake, the SMAC Art Show, the SMAC Photography Show, and CJ’s at the lake.
One of my favorite pieces that Barb she has hung at Bedford Landings is a collage. Barb’s uncle was a musician she she did this creative piece for him. But she can do custom collages. Just imagine other areas that could be represented…from medical fields to civil servants, teachers to hairdressers! If you want to take a closer look, contact me and you can come by the B & B and view the art!
If you are aware of other artists in the area who would like to have Bedford Landings B & B host their art for a month, contact Karen.